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Activities for Adults that Can Be Done While in Lockdown

  • Complete a puzzle: The more pieces the better! Feeling extra saucy? Take on a Rubik's Cube. More of a word person? Crossword puzzle!
  • Start a journal or blog. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese.
  • Dust off that old instrument and practice.
  • Write poetry.
  • Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now.
  • Download Duolingo or a similar app, and teach yourself a foreign language.
  • Meditate. Try lying down with your eyes closed, palms up, and while focusing on your breath. Or spend 20 minutes sitting cross-legged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head. (The latter is more like transcendental meditation.)
  • Face masks, moisturizer, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skincare routine you don’t have time for during a normal workweek.
  • Look at your childhood pictures.
  • Put together the most attractive charcuterie board possible, but you can only use foods you already have in your fridge and cupboard.
  • Take note from "Tangled" star Rapunzel, who has an entire song about how she's spent her days alone in a castle. Activities included in her ditty: Ventriloquy, candle-making, paper-mâché, and adding a new painting to her gallery.
  • Write actual letters to family and friends. After that? Write thank-you notes to service people who you remember went out of their way for you.
  • Learn calligraphy. YouTube can help.
  • Finally, read the rules to those long and intense board games you've never played with the family. Encourage the family to play.
  • Put on a soap opera. Mute the sound. Create your own dialogue.
  • Have a space in your home where all of the Tupperware goes? Organize it and actually match lids to containers.
  • Try on all your clothes and segregate those which you don’t wear so that you can donate them
  • Better yet, go through this process with your junk drawer and supply shelves.
  • Try new recipes with the material at your home
  • Watch the films that won Oscars for the best picture
  • Watch films that won Independent Spirit Awards for best picture.
  • Watch films that critics say should have won those aforementioned awards.
  • Read all the New Yorker issues piled on your desk.
  • Knit or crochet.
  • Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Marco Polo to video chat with your long-distance friends.
  • Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Consider downloading a fitness app with curated workout playlists.
  • Play games with the family members-Uno. tombola, carrom board, ludo, monopoly, scrabble. Etc.
  • Do art and craft with waste material. Take the help of YouTube
  • Do mandala art therapy. It will help a lot in this quarantine
  • Look at yourself in the mirror. Attempt a self-portrait with a pencil and paper.
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Coloring books: They’re not just for kids.
  • Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?
  • Write a short story or get started on that novel.
  • Actually try to reproduce something you see on Pinterest. Probably fail. Try again.
  • Clear out the family room and camp indoors with all blankets, popcorn, and scary movies.
  • Finally get around to fixing that broken doorknob and loose tile or cleaning scuffed up walls.
  • Pretend you're 13 years old and fold a square piece of paper into a fortune teller you put your thumbs and pointer fingers into. Proceed to tell fortunes.
  • Learn how to braid (fishtail, French, etc.) via a YouTube tutorial.
  • Throw out all your too-old makeup and products. (Tip: most liquid products have a small symbol on them noting expirations, usually six months to a year. This includes sunscreen!)
  • Interview your grandparents (over the phone, of course) and save the audio. Can you create an audio story or book with that file?
  • Go through your camera roll, pick your favorite pics from the past year and make a photo book or order framed versions online.
  • Go on a health kick and learn how to cook new recipes with ingredients you may not be using already, from miso to tahini.
  • Create a Google document of shows or movies you’re watching and share it among family and friends.
  • Make a list of things for which you are grateful.
  • Work on your financial planning
  • Make coffee, but this time study how many beans you use, which types, how hot the water is, how long it brews, and whether any of that makes a difference.
  • Write a book with your family. Pick a character and each member writes a chapter about their adventures. Read aloud to each other.
  • No March Madness? Have a Scrabble tournament. Or Bananagrams. Pictionary, anyone?
  • Get into baking with "The Great British Baking Show" but your technical challenge is baking something with the ingredients you have on hand (that you didn't already use in the charcuterie board).
  • Indoor scavenger hunt.
  • Alternate reading the Harry Potter series with your kids and cap each one off with the movie.
  • Dye your hair a new color. No one else needs to see it if you don't like it.
  • Read Robert Jordan’s 14-book “Wheel of Time” series before it streams on Amazon starring Rosamund Pike.
  • Write a play starring your loved ones. Perform it via a video call app.
  • Go viral in a good way by making a quarantine-themed TikTok.
  • Rearrange your socks drawer. Really.
  • Make lists of all the museums, sporting events, and concerts you want to visit when they finally reopen.
  • Get into comics with digital subscriptions on your tablet, like Marvel Unlimited.
  • Rearrange your furniture to make it seem like your home is a totally different space.
  • Organize your spice rack alphabetically or get crazy and do it by cuisine.
  • Memorize the periodic table. You never know when that will come in handy.
  • Get a free trial of a streaming service and binge-watch as much as you can before it expires.
  • Apply for a new job. You have remote work experience now.
  • Learn a new style of dance via YouTube, from belly dancing to breaking.
  • Build your house inside of your house.
  • Watch the "Star Wars" movies in this and only this order: Rogue One-IV-V-II-III-Solo-VI-VII-VIII-IX.
  • Two words: Coronavirus beard! Grow it, moisturize it, comb it, love it.
  • Learn the words to "Tongue Twister” Get them so ingrained in your brain that you can ap them as fast as Twista can. Impress everyone.
  • Attempt things with your non-dominant hand, from writing to brushing your teeth. Prepare to be frustrated.
  • How many words per minute can you type? See if you can get speedier by taking a typing course.
  • Learn origami. Make cranes for your loved ones.
  • Stretch. Work on your flexibility. It's possible to get the splits back, right?
  • Try to speak in pig Latin. Or, "in-pay, Latin-Lay."
  • Talk to your plants. How are they doing? Make sure they are getting the amount of sunlight they should be. Check their soil. Water if necessary.
  • Deep condition your hair and nails. Enjoy your soft hair and nails.
  • Consider donating money to food banks to help families struggling to get meals.
  • Write a song. If you want to make it about your time inside and put it to the tune of "My Sharona" and replace "Sharona" with "Corona," do what you have to do.
  • Study the art of beatboxing.
  • Try moving in super-slow motion. It's OK to laugh at regular speed.
  • You know how there are dozens of ways to wear a scarf, but you only wear it the one way? Learn the other ways.
  • Learn Old English words. Pepper them into your conversation. Wherefore not?
  • Try on a new shade of lipstick. See how long it takes your partner to notice it.
  • Take deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Sleep. Get lots of it.


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